Speaker og Federal House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila has vowed not to sign off the 2021 appropriation budget without the government providing adequate compensation for victims of police brutality, as well as the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
This he stated as he addressed his colleagues during Tuesday’s plenary session.
The Speaker, who described the protesting youths across the country as midwives of national rebirth, stated that their agitation has brought about a historical moment in the country.
He said: “You (protesting youths) have moved a nation to action, and now you must join in doing the hard work of making real the vision of a more just, more prosperous, and more resilient nation.
“We see your true cause. Please do not allow your righteous cause to be hijacked by those with base motives, who see in this moment an opportunity to pursue vendettas, to spread division, exploit the many existing fissures that exist in our society and bring our nation to its knees.
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“You have raised your voices and marched to demand a better Nigeria. From Abuja to Washington, to Calgary and London, your voices have been heard.
” Do not allow anybody to convince you that to withdraw from the streets now is to concede defeat.
“This is the time to move your agitation from the chaos of the streets to the painstaking deliberations and strategic partnerships that birth policy and produce legislation.
“It is time to mobilise your voices in support of specific policy interventions that will deliver on our shared objectives of national renewal and a country that reflects the best of us. I thank you, your country thanks you, and history will be kind to you.”
Gbajabiamila emphasized that the time has come for the Nigeria to reconsider the system of funding education, as the current system is a great disservice to the nation.